You move away, but spend whole days thinking of your hometown. Up the hill, past the gravel pit, an Elvis impersonator is leaning on his parked car. On Memorial Day, you put flowers on your great grandmotherâ€™s grave and spend an afternoon wondering about her life. In your sisterâ€™s first apartment, there are terrible figures drawn on the walls with Sharpies. You take a figure drawing class and the model, a skinny blonde woman, opens her mail and cries while you draw her. You learn that your great grandmother was a widow, that her town was a community of widows, a whole street renamed in their honor: La Strada Delle Vedove, the Street of Widows.
Cassie creates stories that prioritize not the trauma itself but the relationships these women find in order to survive. This collection, and the characters within, consider home from afar, from close up, from the past and the present.
Praise for Street of Widows
â€śCassie Fancherâ€™s graceful, lucid, and absorbing stories present us with a newÂ generation of Vermont talent that will resonate beyond our borders. FancherÂ understands small town life, not as window dressing, but as the spaces where herÂ characters, specifi cally women, suffer loss and endure and fi nd community andÂ hope. Reading the stories in Street of Widows, Iâ€™m reminded of the WordsworthÂ line, â€śA deep distress has humanized my soul.â€ť Fancherâ€™s women are resilient andÂ fierce with the tenderness that comes from having known distress, love and lossâ€”experiences which have humanized them, and luckily for us, readers, left themÂ with stories to tell. I love this slender but substantial debut collection of storiesÂ that launches this fi ne new storyteller to the ranks of Vermont writers.â€ť
â€”Julia Alvarez, author of How the GarcĂa Girls Lost Their Accents,
In the Time of the Butterflies, Return to Sender, among other titles
â€śStreet of Widows took my breath away. Cassie Fancher is a young Alice Munro,Â rendering the streets and back roads of rural New England via fresh, hauntingÂ and electrifying images of longing and grief. The women and girls in this collectionâ€”fierce, observant, loveable, wryâ€”entered my bloodstream and live thereÂ still, clawing their way toward better lives.â€ť
â€”Robin MacArthur, author of Half Wild and Heart Spring Mountain
About the Author
Cassie Fancher grew up in New Haven, Vermont. Much of herÂ writing is inspired by her familyâ€™s history in the state. Her greatgrandmother,Â Elsie, and her sheep, Mabel, are on the cover of thisÂ book and are both featured in the collection. Cassie is a graduateÂ of Hampshire College and is currently pursuing her MFA at theÂ University of Florida/Gainesville. This is her first book.
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Publication Date: October 22, 2021
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Green Writers Press was honored to endow the annual Howard Frank Mosher
First Novel or Short Story Collection Book Prize.
Howard Frank MosherÂ was the author of ten novels and two travel memoirs. Born in the Catskill Mountains in 1942, Mosher lived in Vermontâ€™s fabledÂ Northeast KingdomÂ from 1964 onward, when he and his wife Phillis came to teach there.Â Howard was the recipient of many awards for his fiction, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, the American Civil Liberties Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Vermont Governorâ€™s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the New England Book Award, and the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Associationâ€™s Presidentâ€™s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. Three of his novels,Â Disappearances,Â A Stranger in the Kingdom,Â Where the Rivers FlowÂ North,Â andÂ Northern BordersÂ were made into acclaimed feature movies by the Vermont independent filmmaker Jay Craven.Â Howard’s wife, Phillis Claycomb Mosher still lives in the Northeast Kingdom and their son and daughter are grown now.
The 2018 winner is Cassie Fancher for her story collection entitled Street of Widows. The first prize winner of the award in 2017, was selected by Howard Frank Mosher himself, was Burlington, Vermont, novelist Jackson Ellis for his debut Lords of St. Thomas, published in spring 2018.
The stories in the book are powerful and according to publisher, Dede Cummings, the authorâ€™s voice is mature beyond her 22 years of age. â€śWe judge the entries without much knowledge of the submitter, and none of us knew that the winner was just out of college and so young.â€ť
About the Judge
Robin MacArthur lives on the hillside farm where she was born in southern Vermont. Her debut collection of short stories, HALF WILD, won the 2017 PEN New England award for fiction, and was a finalist for both the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award.Â Her novel,Â HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN, was published by Ecco (HarperCollins) in January of 2018, and was a IndieNext Selection and a finalist for the New England Book Award.
Robin is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and the recipient of two Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.Â When not writing, editing or teaching, Robin spends her time prying rocks out of unruly garden soil, picking blackberries and raspberries outside her back door, and traipsing through woods with her big-hearted and half-wild children.Â Website:Â http://robinmacarthur.com